MBH Welcomes Jason Dries-Daffner, Chief Operating Officer and Principal

Updated: 4 days ago

MBH Architects welcomes Jason Dries-Daffner as Chief Operating Officer. Dries-Daffner will guide and implement a strategic vision to deliver design excellence and world-class client services across market sectors. Working closely with personnel supporting design projects and the firm’s business framework, he will drive innovation, collaboration and efficiency to ensure teams have the technology, methodology, and educational programs necessary to achieve peak performance on behalf of the companies and brands that MBH serves.


“Having grown to include five offices with staff collaborating on projects around the world, a leadership role dedicated to innovating the way that we deliver high quality projects to clients was a natural next step for MBH,” says John McNulty, CEO and Founding Principal. “We look forward to the expertise Jason will bring to our clients and our practice. His experience as both an architect and an operational leader will foster an inspired and practical approach to problem-solving that will benefit our staff as individuals, our teams, and our firm as a whole.”

Technological advances have revolutionized the architectural industry to allow design professionals to ideate, collaborate, visualize, model, and explore faster and more intelligently than ever before. MBH’s teams can walk clients through spaces in virtual reality, use predictive software to model the effects of climate change on building performance, and craft modular housing using cutting-edge building systems. Dries-Daffner’s focus on operational excellence will allow the firm to grow in step with this rapidly evolving modern landscape. By promoting interdisciplinary sharing across the firm’s core practice areas – multi-family housing, mixed-use, laboratory, retail, restaurant, and senior living –advancements in one area will benefit another, and in turn, enable MBH’s clients to have some of the most future-forward built environments in the world.

“Having practiced most of my career in the Bay Area, it is great to be able to join the team at MBH Architects,” says Dries-Daffner. “My love for architecture and my passion for design brought me to this new role in operations, and I am excited to be a part of an ambitious team that has already proven it can set and achieve big goals.”


After working as an architect across multi-disciplinary environments for more than 25 years, Dries-Daffner is inspired by the transformative nature of design. He strives to upgrade and create spaces that didn’t previously exist and to make the world a better place. His built projects span eight countries across Central America, North America, and Asia. He is a licensed architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute, and serves as an Advisory Board member for UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association (BREAA).


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